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Pseudonym: Magoon, Geoffrey

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Definition:
Josiah Fisher (possibly either a real name or alias/pseudo). Dispatches in June-July, 1962, seem to indicate that Geoffrey E. Magoon was known to William K. Harvey, then Chief, Task Force W, and PASSAVOY (probably Col. Wendell C. Johnson).
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
A dispatch from Chief, Task Force W, on July 5, 1962, mentioned "Geoffrey E. Magoon and other Headquarters Officers." Therefore, it is very likely that Magoon was from Headquarters himself. The dispatch also noted that "enclosed under separate cover is the current list of 12 Cubans recommended for training in the U.S. Armed Forces, which Geoffrey E. Magoon mentioned to PASSAVOY (probably Col. Wendell C. Johnson) during the latter's recent TDY."

A Routing and Records Sheet from Evalena S. Vidal on July 11, 1962, was addressed to J. Fisher among others. The comment on the sheet stated "this is the current list of the 12 Cuban Army Officers suggested for training in U.S. Service Schools. PASSAVOY (probably Col. Wendell C. Johnson) is having these names checked out to see if they still available." This is very similar to the July 5, 1962, dispatch mentioned above. J. Fisher appears to stand out as not being a JMWAVE officer like the others listed.

A memo from Alice B. Caponong PW, (probably Evalena S. Vidal) in September, 1962, was addressed to Magoon.

A dispatch in November, 1963, mentioned a meeting which included Magoon along with Chief of Station, JMWAVE, Reuteman (Ted Shackley) and Chief, Special Affairs Staff, Dainold (Des FitzGerald). Given that the latter two were senior and prominent CIA officers at this time, it seems to imply at the very least that Magoon could also have been someone with a fair amount of status in the CIA.

CIA documents from 1965-1967 included J. or Josiah Fisher, with the documents in 1967 stating that he was Acting Chief, WH/1. The names William V. Broe and W. J. Kaufman also appeared on several documents with Fisher. Moreover, a debriefing report by Carl Jenkins in 1979 on Reinol Gonzalez mentioned "a 'Mr. Fisher' from the Agency had come to Miami to talk with Subject."
Sources:

104-10233-10272: DISPATCH - TRANSMITTAL OF PAPERS FOR PASSAVOY

06/26/62: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: "At PASSAVOY's (probably Col. Wendell C. Johnson) request we are forwarding under separate cover, papers for his use at Headquarters. Please give them to Geoffrey E. Magoon for transmittal to PASSAVOY."

104-10228-10343: DISPATCH:TRANSMITTAL OF CURRENT LIST OF 12 PBRUMENS RECOMMENDED FOR TRAINING IN U.S. ARMED FORCES

07/05/62: Dispatch from Chief, Task Force W to COS, JMWAVE: "1. Enclosed under separate cover is the current list of 12 Cubans recommended for training in the U.S. Armed Forces, which Geoffrey E. Magoon mentioned to PASSAVOY (probably Col. Wendell C. Johnson) during the latter's recent TDY. We note that biographic information on ten of them is included in Attachment A of reference, but that numbers 5 and 12 are not included in any of the attachments to reference. 2. Please have PASSAVOY check this list with AMBUD (Cuban Revolutionary Council) and advise by cable whether the Cubans on the enclosed list are available for training at present. If numbers 5 and 12 are still to be included, it will be necessary to submit biographic sheets on them." The list is on page 3.

104-10232-10249: DISPATCH: AMBUD/OPERATIONAL MATTERS DISCUSSED WITH PASSAVOY AT HEADQUARTERS

07/06/62: Dispatch from Chief, Task Force W to COS, JMWAVE: Page 2: ..."4. A number of general matters were discussed with Passavoy (probably Col. Wendell C. Johnson) during his meetings with Geoffrey E. Magoon and other Headquarters Officers concerned, of which the most significant were the following: A. Magoon asked Passavoy to emphasize tactfully to AMBUD/1 (Jose Miro Cardona) that our operational target is PBRUMEN (Cuba) and, therefore, the major part of our KUWOLF (Psychological and Paramilitary Staff) activities must be targeted to the people in PBRUMEN. With regard to propaganda tours, etc. to Latin America, we want to be very discriminating, limiting them to significant conferences and other events which might have been some direct influence on the internal situation in PBRUMEN. Magoon pointed out in this connection the danger of PBRUMEN exiles wearing out their welcome in the other countries with too many visits, speech-making, etc. Passavoy agreed to broach this with AMBUD/1. B. With regard to KUWOLF guidance for AMBUD (Cuban Revolutionary Council), Magoon said that it was our mission to harrass the regime and help create a revolutionary atmosphere in PBRUMEN. In order to arrive at a realistic estimate of AMBUD's capabilities in the KUWOLF field, we would need an accurate inventory of assets available to AMBUD inside PBRUMEN. Passavoy said he would make every effort to get this information from AMBUD/1..."

104-10235-10449: THIS IS THE CURRENT LIST OF THE 12 CUBAN ARMY OFFICERS SUGGESTED FOR TRAINING IN U.S. SERVICE SCHOOLS

07/11/62: Routing and Records Sheet from PW/Evvy (Evalena S. Vidal): "TO: 1. C/PM (note: Z for Zamka - David Morales - in next box). 2. B. W. 3. J. Fisher. 4. T. Clines. 5. T. Hewitt. 6. C/PM. 7. T. Hewitt. 8. IS/2. 10. C/PM (note: scored out). 12. C/PW. 13. Caponong (probably Evalena S. Vidal). COMMENT: This is the current list of the 12 Cuban Army Officers suggested for training in U.S. Service Schools. PASSAVOY (probably Col. Wendell C. Johnson) is having these names checked out to see if they still available. Also, there will probably be some changes before the thing is finally set up and the invitations issued (Roberto Perez San Roman will undoubtedly be included - probably in place of #5 or 12 on whom there is presently no biographic data). Please return attachment to PW for our files. ESV." (Handwritten notes below).

104-10510-10009: MF: CRC STATEMENT ON MANOLO RAY AND HIS NEW GROUP, THE JURE

09/21/62: Memorandum from Alice B. Caponong (probably Evalena S. Vidal) to Geoffrey E. Magoon: "1. Attached is a transcript of the tape prepared for radio use of the CRC statement on Manolo Ray and his new group, the JURE. As you will see, it is a pretty innocuous piece of paper. The Dr. stated he did not mention Ray or the group by name since he does not engage in name-calling nor a battle of personalities. He felt that by giving the CRC's point of view, and by stating that 'the rest is demagoguery' (see underline page 3) that his point would be gotten across. 2. The tape of this statement was given by the Dr. to Norman Diaz, local Cuban commentator, who had read the statement on his broadcast. Diaz told the Dr. that he could send it through the facilities of station CMQ in exile, to 22 nations of Latin America. The Dr. said it was not given to the press since it received pretty good radio coverage. 3. Other individuals and groups around town have, however, come out specifically against Ray and his group (see attached newspaper clipping) basing their objections on the following: Ray's statements cause confusion in exile community, to oppose possibly military action by Hemisphere is to favor consolidation of Communism in continent, etc. General objection to Ray among exiles has generally always been based on his rather extreme liberalism and their feeling that he represents 'Fidelismo without Fidel' regardless of the terminology in which his programs and pronouncements are couched."

104-10166-10378: DISPATCH: TYPIC/OPERATIONAL AMCORE-2 LETTER TO OFFICE OF GPPOCUS

11/19/63: Dispatch from Chief, Special Affairs Staff to COS, JMWAVE: "1. At a meeting which included Chester D. Dainold (Desmond FitzGerald), Geoffrey E. Magoon, and Andrew K. Reuteman (Theodore Shackley), subject letter was discussed. It was agreed that Dainold would advise recipient of letter to make no written reply to AMCORE-2 (Luis Ernesto Conte Aguero) as the letter would be referred to WAVE for suitable action. 2. As agreed with Reuteman, the letter is being forwarded under separate cover for retention by station. It was agreed further that by informing AMCORE-2 that his letter was routinely referred to KUBARK (CIA) for action and that future letters to other elements of ODYOKE (U.S. Government) will follow the same pattern, he will be discouraged from making further overtures of this type. The station may wish to show the letter to AMCORE-2. 3. Headquarters is of the opinion that this visual demonstration of ODYOKE routine handling of his request will be more effective than heated protests against future activities of this type."

104-10175-10400: CABLE: PLS ADVISE WHEN HDQS CAN EXPECT 1964 COVERT TAX RETURNS

12/02/65: Cable from Director to Mexico City (Orig: J. Fisher, WH/1): "PLS advise when HDQS can expect 1964 covert tax returns requested HMMS-4366. If not received soon, KUBARK (CIA) may be forced reveal true names to IRS who will then take direct action. *Requested 8 delinquent 1964 Covert Income Tax returns." Releasing Officer: Thomas Polgar for William V. Broe, C/WHD. Coordinating Officer: (Signature), WH/B&F. Authenticating Officer: (Signature for) W. J. Kaufman, C/WH/1.

104-10067-10260: MR. RICHARD WELCH

06/19/67: Cable from Director to Mexico City (Orig: Paul V. Harwood, C/WH/7): Releasing Officer: William V. Broe, C/WHD. Authenticating Officer: (REDACTION) Josiah Fisher, AC/WH/1.

104-10400-10208: CABLE: POSSIBLE CONTRERAS MAY HAVE FABRICATED ENTIRE STORY

07/03/67: Cable from Director to Mexico City (Orig: Kaufman/Fisher, WH/1): "1. Although it possible Contreras may have fabricated entire story, importance of any leads this matter demands we explore to fullest..." Releasing Officer: William V. Broe, C/WHD. Coordinating Officer: Donovan Pratt (in draft), CI/R&A. Authenticating Officer: (signature for) W. J. Kaufman, C/WH/1.

104-10110-10192: TRACES ON LUIS ALBERU-SOUTO

08/28/67: Memo from J. H. V. Fisher, Acting Chief, WH/1 to CI/OA:

1994.04.26.09:46:28:100005: Reel 52, Folder J - REINOL GONZALES

Debriefing report from Carl Jenkins on 17-24 May 1979: Subject: Reinol Gonzalez Gonzalez (War Name: "Antonio") DPOB: 24 Apr 32, Manguito, Matanzas, Cuba: Page 9: ..."Prior to this time, a 'Mr. Fisher' from the Agency had come to Miami to talk with Subject, who now sent a letter to 'Sr. Pescador' via the P.O. Box of Catherine Hardy in Washington..."

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